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Faine Says Not a Lot of Change Coming with New OL Coach

Though the lockout has kept players from working with and even speaking to new coaches this offseason, center Jeff Faine tells Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times that he doesn’t expect many changes under first-year offensive line coach Pat Morris.

“It’s not going to be extremely different because we have the same coordinator,” Faine said. “There’s a lot of similarities and the style of offense that Coach Olson would like.”

Biceps and triceps injuries have limited the 30-year-old Faine to just 20 games over the last two seasons, which saw the Buccaneers move to more of a man blocking system.

“We got back to a little bit of that (man blocking) last year and it was effective for us,” Faine said.

The Buccaneers ranked eighth in rushing last season, but were 25th in Football Outsiders’ “Adjusted Line Yards” and 26th in “Stuffed”, which is the percentage of runs “where the running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage”.

Tampa Bay had several injuries along the offensive line, with Faine and right guard Davin Joseph both finished the season on injured reserve. By Week 17, the Buccaneers’ interior line consisted of rookies Ted Larsen (a 2010 sixth round pick of the New England Patriots) and Derek Hardman (undrafted) at guard with Jeremy Zuttah playing center. Larsen is projected to start at left guard, but the Buccaneers could lose Joseph to free agency.

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